Dear Friends & Family,
Peter Constantin visits Fresno, California
April was a blessed month as our Haitian director, Peter Constantin,
traveled to Fresno to meet with our Board of Directors and partner
churches. This was a solid time of connecting with him and hearing his
vision for the future of Christian Friendship Ministries in Haiti. We
are grateful for some recent donations and new business partners in
California who are interested in investing in the ministry. (More
details on this coming soon.) Peter closed out his time in California
joining us for a Haiti Prayer Night where 25-some friends came together
to pray for our organization, future plans and the country of Haiti.
Gilmores ride/run in California Classic race this weekend
This weekend we participated in the California Classic in the Central
Valley with our Remember Haiti Cycling & Running Teams. Ericlee rode
a century (100 miles) on Saturday with a team of 12 others. Our friend,
Dave Scalzo, headed up the efforts for a second year of raising funds
and awareness about Haiti. Our organization had a table at the 2-day
fitness Expo and we shared about CFM with 5,000 athletes. Today we ran
the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) sporting our “Remember Haiti” shirts.
Three other friends joined us on the Running team. This weekend was
another example of how God is using our love for fitness as a platform
to share about His work in Haiti.
Summer plans to travel shape up
Ericlee will depart May 29 with a Construction team of 5 to work on the
Mission complex in Pignon. One of our board members and friends, Tanner
Munro, is heading up this team, including Nathan Gleaves, Jason Martinez
and David Howell. The men hope to work on many projects around the
Mission complex, including some renovations in the kitchen, bathrooms
and supply room. The goal is to make our 60-year-old farm house run more
efficiently for visiting teams.
Our family will depart for a family reunion in Dallas on July 4 and then
continue on to Haiti on July 7. This summer we plan to be in Haiti for 7
weeks. Our main purpose is to reconnect with Haitian leaders, work on
training of the artisans in The Haitian Bead Project and to host the
We will host several teams:
-Orphanage Summer Camp Team (Debbi Ball, Beverly & Kelly Damm, Doug & Brenda Round & their 3 daughters)
-Vacation Bible School Team in St. Raphael (The Bridge Church led by Kim & Dave McCurry)
-Youth Conference & Men’s Conference (The Well Church led by Chris Schultz)
We still need to raise $4,000 for our family’s plane tickets, travel & living expenses. Please pray with us for God’s provision. If you feel led to give a one-time donation, please click here.
Building “margin” into our ministry life
On the family front, we have been learning about the importance of
restorative rest. We have been reading a book called “Margin” by Richard
Swenson. He writes, “Margin is the space between our load and our
limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is
something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations.
Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between
breathing freely and suffocating.” This book has reminded us that in
order to be healthy in our ministry, work and family life we must build
in times of rest and rejuvenation.
This spring we took a weekend trip to
San Francisco for our 10th Anniversary. We biked the Golden
Gate Bridge, tried out some new restaurants and rested as a couple.
Dorina was also able to take a weekend trip to Aptos/Santa Cruz with
some girlfriends. This was a much-needed escape and concentrated time
for prayer and reflection for how God is leading her this year. Ericlee
has dedicated Thursdays to prayer and fasting for our ministry. He also
carves out time each day for personal reading.
We are so grateful for each one of you. Your prayers, encouragement and
financial support mean so much as we continue to work in Haiti and in
Saying Yes to God,
Ericlee, Dorina, Meilani, Giada and Zayla